Soccer CrazyBook - 2008
Reviews for Colin McNaughton's Once Upon an Ordinary School Day (Farrar, Straus and Giroux):
"Pays tribute to inspirational teachers everywhere with a tale of an 'ordinary' child whose dormant imagination blooms in the classroom."-- Kirkus Reviews
"As a parable of the awakening imagination, the book takes flight."-- The Horn Book
"An excellent selection to start the creative juices flowing or to enliven an ordinary day."-- School Library Journal
Bruno, a slightly overweight new bear in the neighborhood, finally gets a chance to play on the local soccer team. He's only a substitute player, but on the day of the biggest game he is suddenly called in to a tie game with only a minute to go!
Soccer Crazy is a tale of overcoming adversity by having the courage to persevere by the celebrated author of the Preston Pig books.
Colin McNaughton 's first book was published in 1976 while he was a student at the Royal College of Art in London, and some eighty books have since followed. McNaughton is now a highly acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books and a winner of many awards all over the world, including the IRA Children's Choice award, the Parents' Choice award, and the NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts. He lives in London.